Project plans aired at forum

first_imgEarly marketing studies by Cook Hill have found that single-family detached homes would be the most profitable for the city. Rogers said estimates of the proposed 1,000 residential units that PXP plans to build on the property will generate anywhere from $5 million to $7 million annually in redevelopment revenues . The market prices for the homes, depending on their size, are estimated to range from $400,000 to $2 million, Witt said. There will be no affordable housing as part of the project because the city has an excess of affordable housing, he added. “There are other places in the city for \ housing,” he said. Residents expressed concern about increased traffic that the new homes would generate. “I question the traffic study that’s been presented,” said Linda Strong, co-chair of the Save the Montebello Hills Sierra Club Task Force. “We have gridlock now. There’s going to be more on San Gabriel Boulevard, which will upset people in Rosemead.” Witt said that a revised traffic study is under way. The additional families, Strong said, will have school-aged children who will have a major impact on local schools that are already overcrowded. The development does not include new schools, Witt said. But, developers are in talks with the local school districts to mitigate the affect on the schools. Another topic discussed was the fate of the gnatcatcher – a bird that is on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s endangered species list – and inhabits the hills that sit atop the northern end of the city. Coastal sage, which is on the natural habitat of the species, is part of the development. Rogers, who has done work before involving the gnatcatcher, said that the project includes language that will protect the bird in perpetuity. Currently, there are anywhere from 26 to 60 pairs of gnatcatchers on the property, he said. “It’s not all about the birds,” Strong said. “This is one of the last open space for us to enjoy and it should be saved primarily for Montebello residents and our neighbors.” Another member of the task force, Michael W. Popoff, who lives one block south of the hills, said he was not as opposed to the project as he thought he would be before the meeting began. “This is all new information,” he said. ” I have to think about it.” (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “We are in the very beginning of the planning,” said Norman Witt, senior vice president of Cook Hill Properties, LLC – the developer hired by PXP. “We are making the best decisions based on science and what is in the best interest of the city,” said Susan Lindquist, community development director for Cook Hill. Witt told residents the project would not infringe on their lifestyles. He said the natural and manufactured open spaces will serve as buffers. “There will be buffer zones in excess of 300 to 1,000 square feet from all neighborhoods,” Witt said. Mark Rogers of TRG Land, a hillside planning and design company, said all of the details of the project have not been completed yet. MONTEBELLO – About 50 local residents showed up Tuesday for the latest in a series of meetings by the owners and prospective developers of one of the last prime pieces of open space left in Los Angeles County. It involves about 480 acres of raw land in the Montebello Hills. Officials from Plains Exploration and Production Co., owners of the land, presented the latest information on the proposed development of the property, located on the northern tip of the city. The meeting, held at the Holy Cross Armenian Apostolic Cathedral’s center, was one in a series of meetings to inform neighborhoods surrounding the land of the plans. There will be at least a half dozen more meetings. last_img read more

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